Isabelle Bousquet Carpet May 18th, 2018 - 09:09:09
A seam needs to withstand a lot of use and do so for many years. This is one place where it really makes sense to use the best products available. One thing you definitely should not use is the cheap two-sided carpet tape that some web sites sell. It wont last. Repairing carpet thats been damaged by a dog or a cat may be as simple as using a solution to remove the stain and odor. Or it may require much more such as removing carpet and replacing it with a patch or even going deeper by removing and replacing the carpet padding and cleaning and deodorizing the floor below the carpet the tack strip and even the baseboard. When a room becomes flooded most often we will remove the padding dry out the carpet and then replace the padding with new carpet pad. In most cases the tack strip does not need to be replaced. A flood damaged carpet can mildew quite quickly so its important to take quick action.
A patch is one of the most common types of repairs that we do. We use a carpet patch to solve several types of carpet problems where small to mid-sized portions of wall-to-wall carpet have been damaged. People usually call us to patch their carpet when other methods to restore their carpet wont work. Common causes of carpet damage that require this type of carpet repair include carpet burns carpet stains carpet tears carpet holes pet damage (Bad Kitty!) and remodeling as well as worn traffic paths. We remove the damaged area and replace it with an identical piece of carpet. When done correctly its normally but not always invisible to the eye. Depending on the type of carpet you may be able to see the patch but it will almost always look far better than what we started with.
Use an awl to lift the edge of the carpet. Go to a corner of the room and poke the awl right through the carpet about 6" from the wall. From here you will be able to pull the carpet up. If you dont have an awl you can probably use a pair of pliers. Now its time to unpack the carpet stretcher. Set it up so that the foot end is up against the baseboard and the head is a few inches from the wall that you are stretching towards. The power stretcher is more than strong enough to rip carpet so be careful to only stretch the carpet just enough to remove the wrinkles (and maybe just a little bit more). Over stretching carpet isnt a good idea because you will create ripples going the other direction. So again only stretch the carpet as much as you need to in order to remover the ripples.
Removing the damaged carpet: Start by using a straight edge and a row finder. An ice pick or a Phillips screwdriver can be used instead of a row finder. Place the straight edge on the carpet with the groove side down. Use the row finder to separate the nap. Do this by dragging the point of the row finder across the carpet up and down and against the edge of the straight edge. Use a slotted blade knife with a fresh blade. You can use a slotted blade knife (butted up against the straight edge to cut through the carpet without cutting through too much of the nap if you used the row finder properly. The more nap you cut off the worse the carpet patch will look.